Orthodontic RetainerFor post orthodontic retainers with 1/2 mobility or less, Ribbond offers the Orthodontic Ribbond. Using the same technique for making a periodontal splint, it is possible to make low bulk, bondable and esthetic retainers.
Prepare the teeth for bonding using your standard bonding procedure. Apply a thin layer of a paste composite at the level of the interproximal contacts.
Wet the Ribbond with unfilled bonding resin (sealant). Adapt the Ribbond into the composite. Like a bonded bracket, the fixed Ribbond retainer must be closely laminated against the tooth.
Hold the adapted Ribbond against the tooth with your finger. Use an instrument to place the Ribbond into the interproximal contacts closely against the adjacent teeth. Continue one tooth at a time until the entire Ribbond retainer is placed.
The placement of a Ribbond retainer is different than a wire. The Ribbond is closely adapted against the teeth and deep into the interproximal contacts.
After placement, remove extra composite and cure.
Using applicator brushes, instruments or needle tipped syringes apply a thin coat of flowable composite over the Ribbond. Cure.
Esthetic and comfortable, the Ribbond retainer is complete.
Diastema Closure Maintenance
- Esthetic — No gray show-through
- Durable — Does not harden and fracture like wire
Cut a shallow preparation in the teeth with a #4 round diamond, at the level of the interproximal contacts, and prepare teeth for bonding.
Place a thin layer of paste composite in the preparation. Wet the Ribbond with bonding resin and press the Ribbond through the composite and against the base of the preparation.Cure.
An additional layer of composite is applied so that the retainer is flush with the surrounding tooth structure.The finished retainer "disappears" within the composite and has no bulk
Unlike a metal wire Ribbond offers superior esthetics and is not visible.
Reinforcing Acrylic Orthodontic Appliances
Ask your laboratory to include Ribbond to prevent fracture failures.